Heritage Open Days (HODs) was established in 1994 as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days and has since grown into the country’s largest heritage festival with over 40,000 volunteers every September helping to run over 5000 events across the country. HODs are an amazing opportunity to discover hidden places in England and to try out new experiences – and remember all of which are FREE to explore!

Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of many volunteers, organisations and supporters Heritage Open Days 2017 is going to be even bigger and more diverse than our successful 2016 festival. We have over 70 events already planned for this September, and more are still being registered. We can’t wait!

Heritage Open Days 2017 takes place 7th to 10th September 2017

This site, our social media and the printed programme are curated by a few volunteers who live in Winchester and surrounding villages. We love our local heritage and every week we spend a few hours behind the scenes planning, promoting and coordinating! We’ve got lots of ideas for this year and next and so are keen to grow our team. If you also love Winchester’s history, architecture and culture why not join us to help promote this year’s events, and be part of the team coordinating and fund-raising for the 2018 Heritage Open Days. Interested? Then drop us a line via our contacts page.

We’d also love to hear from you if you have a story to share about Winchester’s past, or perhaps you have taken a great photograph of our Hampshire heritage. You can share photographs and stories with us in all sorts of ways – via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Just look for the logos at the top and bottom of this page.